Include EBP in Your Continuing Education Plan
Providing the best possible patient care involves staying up-to-date on advances in the healthcare profession.
That’s why the BOC added a new continuing education
category at the beginning of 2014. The Evidence Based
Practice (EBP) category helps ATs infuse the best new
evidence into clinical decision-making, with the goal of
improving patient outcomes.
By completing activities in the EBP category, ATs learn
how to find and analyze the most current research evidence
available. Then, with research in hand, ATs can use clinical
expertise and their patients’ own values to make healthcare
To assure that ATs have the opportunity to learn about
new healthcare research, the BOC now requires a certain
number of EBP continuing education units (CEUs) to
Requirements for Certification Maintenance
ATs are required to complete a minimum number of EBP
CEUs to maintain their BOC certification. All CEUs are due
by December 31, 2015.
•;ATs certified before 2014 must complete 50 CEUs,
including at least 10 EBP CEUs
•;ATs certified in 2014 must complete 25 CEUs, including
at least five EBP CEUs
BOC Approved EBP programs are listed on the BOC
website. Approved programs are updated monthly.
Two types of EBP programs are available:
•;Foundations of EBP programs help clinicians
understand EBP methodology, find and evaluate
evidence, and apply it to their clinical practice
•;Clinical EBP programs are organized around a
clinically appraised topic, such as evaluation, treatment
and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses. These
programs follow a five-step EBP process
Only those programs listed on the BOC website are eligible
for EBP Category CEUs, and programs are only eligible for
credit on or after their approval date.
EBP Course Approval
Some CE programs may appear to follow EBP principles.
However, only programs that have been approved by the
BOC for the EBP Category are eligible for credit in this
category. Providers, not ATs, are responsible for getting
BOC Approved Providers who would like to offer EBP
Category programs are invited to submit the activity for BOC
approval. The application asks providers to follow a five-step
EBP process during program development to ensure that
basic EBP principles are followed.
Once a program is submitted, it will undergo peer review
to ensure basic EBP principles are incorporated into the
program. The BOC then lists approved programs on its
For complete information on the EBP category, check out the
new 2014-2015 Certification Maintenance Requirements
The BOC can share your email address with BOC Approved Providers
and other organizations to keep you informed of upcoming continuing
education (CE) programs. Not only will you learn of home study courses
that can be completed anywhere, you’ll also receive notice of events
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